Warning: Contains a paragon of the beau monde who gets the hang of polishing silver, and a master of the house who'd like her to make his bed-preferably with him in it. Also passion unleashed with the mere touch of a finger. Readers are encouraged to swoon,
Minerva Bellingham is at her wits' end. Her younger brother, Simon, will have them penniless and on the streets if his extravagant gambling habit isn't curtailed. An enormous debt to Lord Rafe Drummond is the final indignity. Signing over her dowry is their only choice. Until Lord Drummond suggests something much more scandalous. She can keep her dowry-in exchange for the Bellinghams working three months as a housemaid and stable boy.
Scarred from his service to the Crown, Rafe recognizes the young Simon Bellingham has the makings of a good duke. Minerva is a different story. Her pure, delicate beauty only underscores Rafe's tarnished, bleak soul. Yet he delights in cracking Minerva's icy reserve to reveal a fiery, stubborn woman. And Minerva discovers the gruff master of Wintermarsh has the heart of a poet. But before they can find a future safe in each other's arms, a menace from Simon's licentious past slithers back into their lives, forcing Rafe to plan the most important rescue mission of his life.
Difficult to finish
I was going to rate this two stars, but Ms. Trentham pulled it out in the end. My difficulty was in the direction of the story. It seemed to be off track once Minerva and Simon made it to the country. The focus becoming all Minerva. Simon should have been the main story, considering the circumstances that brought them to Rafe Drummond’s estate. I’m disappointed I didn’t get to experience Simon grow from a boy to a man and learn the consequences of his choices. The extra star came from the last chapters when Simon took control. Lord Drummond was a tortured soul, but a very good man. I enjoyed him immensely. In fact, I enjoyed all the characters. My problem was too much Minerva, which made the story boring at times and difficult to finish. The writing was very good. I just felt the author got off track.